Thursday, June 24, 2010

Taking the PLUNGE!!!

Abby and Noah started swimming lessons this week. The very first day, the instructors lined them up to jump off the diving board. Yikes! I figured that's what I get for being late to swim lesson sign up. All the level ones were filled so thought we'd try the level two class. I was a little nervous about it.

"Keep your mouth closed. Plug your nose," I reminded Abby. I told the teacher that it was Abby's first time, but you wouldn't have known it. She walked right on out there and took the plunge! She was so proud of herself and thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Noah, on the other hand, would have nothing to do with it. "NO WAY!!!" he said (which was fine with me. He's still getting the hang of holding his breath.)

I wish I would have had my camera that first day - darn it. But I took this video the second day. Abby was fearless! Noah? Not so much....

Yesterday (the third class), Abby was FIRST in line -


Noah was still pretty hesitant, but I thought I'd try to at least get him to stand on the diving board. It took a little coaxing from the instructors, but he finally climbed up there! So cute.
I'm really not ready for him to jump off yet. It's crazy how young they have the kiddos do this. I found out that they even have them jump off in the level one class.

So, yeah...we'll be working on holding our breath longer and remembering to keep our mouth closed under the water at the pool this weekend, and maybe, he (and I) will be ready to take the plunge next week.

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blueviolet said...

I had one who was terrified of the water. To tell the truth, he's not scared anymore, but he still doesn't like it. (Michael Jordan doesn't either!) :)

Life with Kaishon said...

Abby and Noah are SO cute. Look at them out there. It does make them seem all grown up when they start to dive, doesn't it? All grown up. Adorable as can be!

Chris said...

The girls are always the brave ones -- in my family anyway :)

I loved that video -- my favorite part was Noah, not so subtly, pulling you away from the pool :)

I remember swimming lessons, and hating jumping into the deep end.

Raise Them Up said...

I loved that video! What an incredibly brave little girl you have! I don't blame Noah one bit, though. As a mom, I'd probably be hiding my child till the jumping was over! Lol!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Way to go! We are taking things very slow around here.... this year the twins are happy to go to the pool they like to play in the water and even don't mind getting all wet! Big improvement over last year! I've gotten them to jump to me (in the shallow end). Good luck to both of you! :)

scrappysue said...

swimming lessons are such a rite of passage in childhood, aren't they? they look like they're doing really well!

Jen said...

My son is a fish and he can't wait for swimming lessons to start up again.

Krystyn said...

That's so impressive! My second is a water baby, and the oldest is perfectly fine sitting on the steps.

Ashley said...

I love how Abby goes to hold her nose and lets go the second her feet leave the board! So cute!